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Arabic Weather Forecast Video Realia

Posted by Mourad Diouri on March 7, 2008

Video Realia 1

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Snow in the the Arab World

Posted by Mourad Diouri on February 1, 2008

These pictures were taken in Ifrane city (nicknamed Little Switzerland) which is a town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco.

I have been to this city as a Scout boy when I was around 13 and I loved it – the white snow – though shocking to find in a Mediterranean country was a lot of fun for me and my friends!
If you happen to visit Ifrane, what you’ll notice about the city is that the streets are very clean, nearly free of crime, and probably the best city in northern Africa . It is only half an hour drive away from the famous city of Fez.

It was founded by the French in 1929 and is probably one of the cleanest cities in Morocco.

Ifrane is located in the heart of a region of Morocco known for its beautiful forests, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls.

Al Akhawayn University, an English speaking private university, which follows an American-curriculum, opened its doors for study in 1995. This helped re-launch Ifrane as a desirable destination for domestic tourism. Consequently, Ifrane continues to develop as both a summer and winter resort.


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Arabic Countires Profile Guide – دليل الدول العربية

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 30, 2008


These country profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of all Arabic countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

They also include audio/video clips from BBC archives.

Each profile has the following:

General introduction

National flag

Political map

National anthem (audio/vidoe)

Political Leadership   القيادة السياسية

Facts & Figures   حقائق

Media  الصحف ووكالات الأنباء /   الإعلام

News Pages/files



Find out more

Arabic Countires Profile Guide (the guide is at the bottom of the page)

BBC Country Profiles (English)

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خارطـــــــــة أوروبـــــــــــا – Interactive Map of Europe

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 22, 2008

European Map

Explore the European Map in Arabic interactivly

What you can see in the map:

  1. Names of European countries in Arabic
  2. Facts & Figures about Europe
  3. For each country:
    • Population -السكان
    • Geography – الجغرافيا
    • Political System – النظام السياسي
    • Economy – الإقتصاد

Explore the map اكتشف أوروبا من خلال الضغط على الخارطة

Source of realia : Deutsche Welle دويتشه فيله

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Map of Morocco – خريطة المغرب

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 19, 2008


How do we say “Gibraltar” in Arabic? (Hint: Gibraltar is literally the Arabic of “Mountain of Tariq”)

Can you identify the two oceans that surround Morocco?

Can you recognize the main cities of Morocco?  – Have you been to any of them

What are the countries surrounding Morocco?

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Map of Italy – خريطة إيطاليا

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 19, 2008



Can you identify the Italian capital and other major Italian cities?

Can you identify the European countries at the top of the map?

Can you identify the two Arabic countries at the bottom of the map?



  • Share and discuss your answers by leaving a comment in the comments section below
  • To view/download the model answers, go to the download page

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Map of the World’s Continents خريطة قارات العالم

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 19, 2008


  • North : شمال
  • South : جنوب
  • East : شرق
  • West : غرب


  • Can you identify the seven world continents?

Source of Realia:

  • q8y2b.com/atlas

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Maps of the Arabic World – خريطة العالم العربي

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 19, 2008


This is an Arabic-French map of the Arab world.

Source : facultyfiles.deanza.edu

Source : http://www.khowaga.us

Source : safarfund.org

Note: There is a spellling mistake in (Morocco)

Source : alkarama.org

Map of the Arab World with corresponding country flags

Source: http://www.library.ex.ac.uk

List of countries where Arabic is an official language

The following is a list of 26 countries where Arabic is an official language. Non-sovereign states are listed in italics. Please note that is some of these countries, Arabic is spoken by a minority of the people.

Nr. Country # Population
# 359,288,109
1. Flag of Algeria Algeria 33,333,216
2. Flag of Bahrain Bahrain 708,573
3. Flag of the Comoros Comoros 798,000
4. Flag of Chad Chad 10,146,000
5 . Flag of Djibouti Djibouti 496,374
6. Flag of Egypt Egypt 80,335,036
7. Flag of Eritrea Eritrea 4,401,000
8. Flag of Iraq Iraq 26,783,383
9 Israel 7,184,000 (including settlers and Arabs)
10 Jordan 5,924,000
11 Kuwait 3,100,000
12 Lebanon 4,099,000
13 Libya 6,036,914
14 Mauritania 3,069,000
15 Morocco 33,757,175
16 Oman 3,204,897
17 Palestinian Territories 3,800,000 (WB and GS)
18 Qatar 841,000
19 Saudi Arabia 24,735,000
20 Somalia 9,118,773
21 Sudan 39,992,490
22. Flag of Syria Syria 20,314,747
23. Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 10,102,000
24. Flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 4,496,000
25. Flag of Western Sahara Western Sahara 341,000
26 . Flag of Yemen Yemen 22,230,531

Find out more

Arab World (Wikipedia)

Source of Realia

  • Exeter University Library (Library.ex.ac.uk)
  • Alkarama.org
  • Safarfund.org

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خريطة شمال إفريقيا Map of North Africa

Posted by Mourad Diouri on January 12, 2008

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